The most popular audiophile speaker in Europe, France's Focal combines space-age design & materials with virtually unlimited dynamics.
Origin: Saint-Etienne, France
Most audiophile speakers are ugly and have some significant sonic drawback, which is usually the bass. Not Focal. Do you listen to symphonic, house or heavy metal? EDM? If you want an audiophile speaker that can play anything without excuses — and especially that can deliver real bass even at low volume levels — Focal is the speaker for you.
If one speaker were to go into the MOMA, it would be Focal.
Every Focal is a statement of industrial design; gorgeous to behold even when your system is dormant. Focals are not just mean to heard, but seen, and this is reflected from the entry-level products all the way up to their $200,000+ EM Grand Utopias.
Their latest speaker, the $10,000 Kanta (pictured above), is widely considered the most exciting and dynamic speaker in its class, and Noho Sound is the only dealer in NYC to have them on display. We carry them in yellow. Why? Because there are too many black speakers around, and founder Chris Petranis loves how they look.
Focal Sopra 3
Focal's best, until you move into the Utopia series. Stunning output for the size, every Sopra will annihilate anything else of comparable size/price for dynamics.
You can have Sopras in any color you want, as long as Focal thinks they're cool.
The Focal story is best told in this review of the Sopra 3's in Tone Audio, one of the coolest and best audiophile publications to launch in the 21st century:
"$20,000 is a lot of money to spend on a pair of loudspeakers. However, considering the level of performance offered for the price asked, it’s easy to award the Focal Sopra no. 3 one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2017. Focal’s level of in-house build and engineering expertise allows them to produce a speaker with this level of quality and resolution that is unattainable by few other manufacturers for anywhere near this price. Even if you were planning on spending $50,000 on a pair of speakers, I would not count the Sopra no.3 out. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was at just how good these speakers are."
— Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio
Read the full review for yourself.
Focal Sopra 1
Reference bookshelf speakers that make most floorstanders sound broken, using an inverted dome tweeter derived from their $200,000 flagship Utopias.
Focal aria 906
Focal's awesomely affordable bookshelf speakers, using their patented Flax cone woofers, in a design that mixes classic and modern finishes.
Focal Aria 926
If you can't fit a Sopra, the Aria 926 will deliver stunning output out of a slim floorstander.
From the Focal website:
"Focal has been creating benchmark acoustic equipment since 1979 for various high fidelity markets such as home audio loudspeakers, headphones, car speaker drivers and monitoring loudspeakers.
Core businesses: speaker drivers and high-fidelity loudspeakers. Our historic core values are based on the union of technology, mechanics, noble materials and design. We are constantly pushing the limits of sound to offer you a truly unique listening experience.
Focal’s ambition is to make every occasion you listen to music a moment of privilege, where music is respected and emotions are roused. For us, innovation and tradition come together to enhance the performance of hi-fi sound and the beauty of music. Our desire is to open a gateway to new sensations and emotions, giving you the chance to experience pleasure in its purest form."
Focal's official site: Focal